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The iPhone may soon offer voicemail transcriptions, with Siri taking your missed calls

Apple is prepping a new voicemail service that will launch next year, according to reports.

Business Insider claims it will be called iCloud Voicemail, and will lean heavily on a revamped version of Siri.

Apple’s digital assistant will be able to take the calls you can’t answer, as well as transcribe any voice messages you receive. These will subsequently be sent to you in text form.  

Catching up on voicemail messages is a pain in the backside for many of us, and as long as it’s accurate, the purported new system sounds like it could be a lot more palatable.

Google has been quietly offering voicemail transcriptions through Google Voice for some time, though issues with accuracy have presumably prevented the firm from making it automatic.

iCloud Voicemail will also allow you to set your own custom voicemail responses, telling callers where you are and why you can’t speak.

Apple has already put a lot of effort into improving Siri, especially with Google Now and Cortana working so impressively.

SEE ALSO: iOS 9: What’s new?

iOS 9 will bring with it a faster, more capable version of the digital assistant. Follow the link above to see what else the upcoming operating system has in store.

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